TITLE: Little Lovely Things
AUTHOR: Maureen Joyce Connolly
PUBLICATION DATE: April 2nd 2019
GENRE: Fiction, Thriller
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Child abduction, drug use, child death, child abuse
Claire Rawlings, mother of two and medical resident, will not let the troubling signs of an allergic reaction prevent her from making it in for rounds. But when Claire’s symptoms overpower her while she’s driving into work, her two children in tow, she must pull over. Moments later she wakes up on the floor of a gas station bathroom-her car, and her precious girls have vanished.
The police have no leads and the weight of guilt presses down on Claire as each hour passes with no trace of her girls. All she has to hold on to are her strained marriage, a potentially unreliable witness who emerges days later, and the desperate but unquenchable belief that her daughters are out there somewhere.
This started out pretty good. I was drawn into it very early on and enjoyed Claire’s narrative.
Unfortunately, the more I read the more I started disliking it.
I didn’t like how often it switched narratives.
I really really disliked Moira. I know that was the point, but she literally had no redeeming qualities.
I hate how we didn’t get to see how Glen was feeling/handling the disappearance of the girls. We never really got an answer of if he blamed Claire for what happened or not.
My biggest problem with the book is the ending. It was so abrupt and didn’t explain anything and I just really really hated that. I have more questions finishing the book then I had reading it and that irks me so much. With novels like this I want a satisfying ending. This did not have one.
It wasn’t the worst book, wasn’t the best. Can’t really say much more than that.Do you post meh reviews? I didn’t really want to post this because I don’t have strong feelings for it (bad or good), but I ultimately decided to because it was an ARC.